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Washington State to meet Minnesota in Holiday Bowl

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In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Washington State running back Jamal Morrow (25) carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pullman, Wash.  (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File) In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Washington State running back Jamal Morrow (25) carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)
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Minnesota (8-4, Big Ten) vs. Washington State (8-4, Pac-12), Dec. 27, 7 p.m. EST.

LOCATION: San Diego.

TOP PLAYERS

Minnesota: RB Rodney Smith has rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns and DL Steven Richardson has seven sacks.

Washington State: QB Luke Falk has completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,204 yards and 37 touchdowns.

NOTABLE:

Minnesota: The Gophers are in a bowl for a fifth straight year, tying a program record. They're 8-1 when Smith scores a touchdown.

Washington State: The Cougars have scored at least 50 points in a school-record four games this season, and their win over Stanford was their first over a top-15 team since 2003.

LAST TIME: Dennis Erickson's Washington State team won 41-9 over Minnesota in the second game of the 1988 season.

BOWL HISTORY:

Minnesota: The Gophers ended a seven-game bowl losing streak in the Quick Lane Bowl and are 6-12 in the postseason.

Washington State: The Cougars are 7-5 in bowls and have played in the Holiday twice, beating Texas 28-20 in 2003 and losing to BYU 38-36 in 1981.

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